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Seminarians spend part of their formation practicing just how to do the sacraments — everything from consecrating the eucharist to reconciliation. Recently, Long Island Catholic dropped in on one unusual rehearsal that actually involved a large number of parishioners: It […]

Those are the words of a 16-year-old aspirant arriving for her first day at the convent in Michigan. This young gal was among several — including our own Mary Anne Marks! — featured on today’s episode of Oprah in a […]

Some sad news from the monks at New Melleray: The Trappist monks of New Melleray Abbey have always worked the land to provide for themselves. All that will end today, as their cherished farming equipment is hauled away by new […]

“You choose happiness, and you can choose happiness almost wherever you go.” — Fr. Bill Pruett, of Oklahoma City, OK, speaking of his new assignment. Read more here.

Ever wonder what it’s like to work in prison ministry? Here are some answers, from a few of those involved — and a growing number are deacons: Father Ernie Gauthier has kept going back to the jails, prisons and halfway […]

Kentucky National Guard Chaplain (Col.) Patrick J. Dolan celebrates mass. Read more about him and his work.

It’ll happen next week, according to this email posted at Aggie Catholics: The Dominican Sisters of Mary will be featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Tuesday, November 23rd. This is a new show that includes interviews with Mother Assumpta, […]

What’s behind it? Take a look: A total of 56 men began training for the priesthood in September this year, the National Office of Vocation said. That was up on the 49 who started the process to become priests in […]

There’s been much debate around these parts about deacons wearing collars (and even about priests wearing them). Now a seminarian from Long Island has added his voice: In the past decades seminarians were discouraged away from the collar in order […]

“Priesthood is not, first and foremost, something we do, but someone we are. It is not an earned trophy. It is about an intimate relationship to the vine who is Christ. The Character of Christ the High Priest is branded […]